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“I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced” Photograph by Delphine Minoui. My head is spinning—I’ve never seen so many people. In the yard. READERS GUIDE. Introduction. Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters. Nujood’s father pulled her of school when she was in the second grade and forced her to marry a man much older than she. At this time, the.

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Return to Book Page. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband’s hands and of her daring escape.

With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom—an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age.

Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has inspired other young girls in the Middle East to challenge their marriages. Hers is an unforgettable story of tragedy, triumph, and courage. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What has happened to Nujood? Samantha Nujood changed her name to Nujoom which means “the stars in the sky”; her former name means “hidden one”; so this is empowering her. Amy If you are a mom who is comfortable explaining sex, marital relations, and marital rape to a year-old girl, then I would definitely share it with …more If you are a mom who is comfortable explaining sex, marital relations, and marital rape to a year-old girl, then I would definitely share it with your daughter because I think it is abe valuable to learn about how girls are treated in other cultures.

My own daughter is 11 and emotionally mature for her age, and I read this book WITH her, aj I am also very open about talking about sex with both of my prepubescent kids. agge

As a former middle school teacher, I would definitely NOT share it with a classroom full of middle school kids who come from different home backgrounds holding different attitudes about sex. Since I read this book out loud with my 2 kids, I was able to interject explanations along the way and answer any questions that they might have.

I would not recommend this for just anyone; you have to judge through the emotional maturity of your reader. Lists with This Book. Aug 16, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 10 Update This is so sad. The royalties from this book didn’t go to Nujood but to her father, who used them to purchase two new wives. He also sold Nujood’s younger sister to a much older man. Women are just commodities to be fucked, bred from and used as drudges.

As Nujood’s father said in court, “Women are just a curse” so why not use them for what value you can get?

Nujood’s real name is Nujoom. She changed it Jan 10 Update This is so sad. She changed it to Nujood because it means stars, and she loved to look up into the vastness and count the twinkling stars.

Yemini child bride aged 8 dies of internal injuries on her wedding night to a man of 40 Nujood got the law changed to make 17 the minimum age for marriage. The Muslim religious authorities got the law repealed as they say that it u up to the parents to decide when to sell marry off their daughters. Pictures of child brides These child brides are Christian, Hindu etc. I hate child abuse and the exploitation of girls and women, but not any religion or nation and I do wish trolls would stop projecting their general hatred on to me.


The age for marriage and the choice of husband was considered a matter for the parents alone and not the law. This little 11 year old girl, Nada, was prepared to kill herself if she was married off, and recorded a Youtube video. Her sister who had been married off at 14 committed suicide by burning herself to death. The mother was apparently operating some sort of scam to get money out of suitors. That is such an amazing feat, I am sure I can barely imagine the courage this girl had.

But he did, he raped and beat her repeatedly, and his own mother egged him on. In Islam, because Mohammed, aged 52, married a child of 9, this early marriage and sex is considered perfectly ok.

She found sympathetic judges and a wonderful, feminist lawyer and eventually, her father and husband in prison more so she could be safe than anything else, she got her divorce and world-wide attention. Since women are essentially possessions, a contract signed between the father and the husband transferring the ‘property’ wasn’t so gae to break, but Nujood remained strong through the long legal arguments. She’s 13 now, and going to school. She wears jeans and t-shirts and barettes in her hair, the black robes and niqab veil she found so stifling cast off.

Inspired by her, several little girls, forcibly married at 9, have come forward to get divorces themselves. An she has made a real difference: As dicorced as women are possessions, the contract – the bill of sale – between father and husband will remain more important that the actual marriage where there is no real contract as the girl is neither old enough in law to give her consent, nor is even required to do so.

The book is a divkrced read, a story very simply told, its filled-in reportage, rather than an in-depth story, but that doesn’t lessen the message or appeal of the book at all.

It doesn’t matter if you know the story, its still an unputdownable book – I read it without stopping until I finished it. Recommended for the whole wide world to rejoice in her courage and to tell ourselves that we will probably never face anything so daunting in our lives, if she could face her fears and do it, so could we.

Reviewed 18 August View all 51 comments. As you can tell from the title, this book focuses on divorcsd very disturbing topic – child abuse. Unfortunately, the forced marriage of young girls to older men is an all too common occurrence in many areas of the world.

Nujood is only one such victim. This book tells her story. Essentially sold by her deadbeat father to a man more than three times her age, Nujood’s childhood comes to an abrupt end.

At ten years old, she is repeatedly beaten and raped by her new husband. She is also moved to a remote v As divorcec can tell from the title, this book focuses on a very disturbing topic – child abuse.

She is also moved to a remote village where she further isolated from anyone that might be able to help her.


Eventually, she is able to 110 to visit family in the city. After her own parents fail to help her, she is able to get some guidance from one of her father’s other wives. Then, this incredibly brave little girl sets out for the courthouse to ask for a divorce. I could not get over how courageous this ten year-old little girl had to be. What she did would be intimidating in any country, much less in a country where women are extremely oppressed and viewed as property.

Yet, this little girl was brave enough to ajd into a courthouse and demand to see a judge and ask for a divorce.

ajd I was in awe of this young girl. Thankfully, the judges decide to take up Nujood’s cause. She is given a “safe haven” of sorts while the case is brought before the court.

Since Nujood was younger than the legal age for marriage in Yemen, her father and husband were brought up on charges. From there on out, divroced court proceedings turned into a bit of a circus.

Nujood’s case made international news and she became a sort of poster-child for women’s rights and child abuse organizations. Meanwhile, her father and husband alternated between placing blame on the divotced and trying to plead ignorance and innocence on their own part.

Eventually, the men responsible paid a small fine and Nujood was granted her divorce. While the divorce was unheard of and paved the way for other young girls in the Middle East to speak out, the forced marriage of young girls is still a huge problem.

Of course, that is only one manifestation of a much larger problem. Nonetheless, in a place where women and children have virtually no rights, this was a remarkable case. From start to finish, I was taken in by Nujood’s story. My heart broke divoeced this young girl, who was the same age as my oldest daughter.

I can’t even begin to imagine maltreatment that girls like Nujood are forced to endure. Once again, I am reminded of how o I am to have been born in a region of the world where women have rights.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Reader’s Guide

As the mother of two young girls, this is something that is never far from my mind. Although this didn’t prove to be the in-depth expose that I had hoped for, it was definitely a worthwhile read. At less than pages, or around 2 hours of listening time, Nujood’s story serves to raise awareness of a very important topic. While this isn’t the type of story that you read for enjoyment, it is the type that you read for enlightenment.

It is painful, but necessary to read stories like Nujood’s. I won’t pretend that everything worked out like I would’ve liked. The granting of her divorce was only one triumph, in a world of defeats for women. Nujood was ultimately returned to the very person that sold her in the first place. Where is the logic in that? I can’t help but wonder where Nujood is now, nine years later.

I can’t help but wonder if her notoriety has turned her into a cash cow for the very father that shared responsibility for her abuse in the first place. Check out more of my reviews at www. View all 36 comments. Apr 16, Rebecca rated it it was ok. I purchased this book on a whim at the book store today.